A few years ago, we posted an article about the need for clean power during diagnosis and on-vehicle maintenance and repair. This includes diagnosing electrical system components, such as fuses, relays and more. It also includes repairs to electronic systems, such as electronic brake jobs, which would be severely disrupted if there was a loss of system voltage.
There are tools that allow you get the job done, and there are tools that allow you get the job done quicker and/or more efficiently. In this brief article, we cherry-picked a few examples of items that help to make shop life easier, with less effort and that help to maximize labor profit.
When a vehicle rolls into your service bay for an inspection or any other problem, it’s a good idea to make sure that the vehicle gets a good visual check as well. You want to take care of your customers and give them a good sense of peace of mind so they know you are looking out for their best interests.
While technological changes and advancements are in the works for future vehicles, such as electronic braking systems, we thought it best to discuss what’s happening at the current time, in terms of brake pad, rotor and fluid technology. Included in this article are comments from several brake system parts manufacturers.
Problem diagnosis of our occasional faulty memory can sometimes prove difficult, especially when the concern occurs on an intermittent basis. Sometimes, we just need to step back, take a deep breath and perform a step-by-step reprogram. Take the following example, wherein I misplaced a Torx T15 bit:
Today’s SUVs (sport utility vehicles) and CUVs (crossover utility vehicles) face the same steering system issues as other types of vehicles, in terms of steering system component wear, braking system operation and wheel alignment concerns.
Many automotive shops get intimidated when faced with the task of working on a European vehicle. Some of the reasons for this is they aren’t familiar with the vehicle, they don’t have the correct tools, or they quite possibly think that a European vehicle is so much out of the norm or completely different from the Asian and domestic vehicles that they are accustomed to.
We recently surveyed our readers to find out what you’ve seen with regard to tire wear and damage. While the leading causes you mentioned came as no surprise, some things will surely raise eyebrows, and provide a chuckle at the same time.
You have heard it said before that the internal combustion engine is basically an air pump. The internal combustion engine has never been 100% efficient, but recent technology has improved the engine on a major basis with the addition of intake runner control systems, variable valve timing systems and turbo and turbo-equipped engines.
Auto repair shops, like all businesses, always need new customers. One way for shops to gain loyal customers is to offer an option to finance auto repairs.
A friend of mine and automotive instructor by the name of John Forro once stated that 80% of the emission codes that light the malfunction indicator light (MIL) can be easily diagnosed from the generic or global side of the scan tool, and I would have to agree with him.
Sign up for a FREE subscription to Auto Service Professional magazineSubscribe